Facebook Slips In Best Employer Rankings

Pouring salt on Facebook’s wounds, Glassdoor’s latest list of best employers ranks the social giant in seventh place.

For other companies, that might be an achievement, but Facebook has long ranked as the most coveted gig in Silicon Valley and beyond. For its part, Glassdoor routinely lists Facebook as the best place to work, including last year and the year before that.

The career site’s latest report -- which ranks video-conferencing company Zoom as the top tech firm to work for in 2019 -- adds to a growing perception that Facebook is losing its luster.

In part, that’s because top executives keep leaving Facebook’s family of platforms, while a former employee just recently accused the tech titan of not doing enough to support African Americans among its ranks.   

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For Glassdoor’s 2019 rankings, Facebook was also overtaken by LinkedIn, which took sixth place. Facebook did, however, still manage to top Google (which took eighth place), while easily beating out Microsoft (in 34th place), Apple (in 71st place), and a slew of other enviable employers.

While the motivations of ex-employees are never entirely clear, Facebook’s profile in Glassdoor includes a number negative reviews.

One anonymous individual who lists him or herself as a current Facebook employee accuses the company of being the “worst people managers in the whole industry.”

Among other high-level defections, Neeraj Arora, Chief Business Officer at WhatsApp, just recently announced his departure.

A key player at WhatsApp, Arora was the fourth employee to join the messaging service seven years ago -- well before Facebook bought the company for nearly $20 billion, in 2014.

Last month, Brendan Iribe, cofounder-former CEO, Oculus, announced his resignation four years after Facebook spent $2 billion to acquire the virtual-reality firm.

This fall, upon the news that Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were leaving the company, sources told The New York Times that internal disagreements contributed to their decision.

Potentially turning off existing and potential employees, Facebook’s top executives were recently suspected of misleading the public about their role in taking controversial measures to manage the company’s public image.

Specifically, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recently said she was unaware the company had hired Definers Public Affairs -- the Republican consultancy that sought to undermine Facebook’s critics by linking them to billionaire George Soros.

Yet in response to more recent reports in The New York Times and BuzzFeed, Facebook admitted that Sandberg specifically requested research regarding Soros’ investment activity.

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